OPINION

The All Blacks World Cup squad announcement is due next week but here's our bold attempt to ruin the surprise.

Yes, we've read the tea leaves, sifted through the official statements, carefully analysed every little gesture from Steve Hansen, gone over the Grant Fox Tapes, and figured it out.

So here goes (with the players we say they will pick in bold).-

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HOOKERS
The certainties: Dane Coles, Codie Taylor, Liam Coltman.
The contenders: None

PROPS
The certainties: Nepo Laulala, Owen Franks, Angus Ta'avao, Ofa Tu'ungafasi, Joe Moody.
The contenders: None…because illness wrecked Karl Tu'inukuafe's hopes.

LOCKS
The certainties: Brodie

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